UA out of the blocks
Under Armour opened its new headquarters in Portland Thursday.
Known as a "center for performance innovation", the office and track at the former YMCA on Southwest Macadam brings the Baltimore sportswear company's footwear design and development under one roof.
It includes a biomechanics lab and performance training center for athlete testing.
The Under Armour Portland office (UA PDX) is home to the design, development and innovation teams, about 100 teammates, that are creating the company's next generation Basketball, Running, Training, Golf, Sportstyle and Outdoor footwear. The 70,000 square foot building sits in Southwest Portland adjacent to the recently refurbished Duniway Park, and at the site of a former YMCA facility.
UA PDX was created to condense and accelerate the footwear and apparel design process by connecting designers and developers with an innovation team and athlete performance analytics in real-time and around the world.
"Footwear is a key driver of our long-term growth and success," said Peter Ruppe, Sr. Vice President for Footwear at Under Armour. "We've established a strong foundation, and now UA PDX represents a considerable leap forward towards creating leading performance footwear designed to make athletes better."